How I journaled every day for 3 years: my favorite habit to build any new habit

I consider my daily journaling habit to be one of my most essential habits, boosting both my productivity and wellbeing. I started in November of 2017, and now, ~800 days later at the time of writing, with 13 journals filled cover to cover, I share my simple journal system. I use this system to easily build new habits, and as a project manager for all my goals. This journal system played a crucial underlying role for every achievement I’ve written about on this blog so far.

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How I gave 5 talks in 10 days - my top 3 tactics for public speaking preparation

In the month of November 2019, I had multiple public speaking engagements within a very short time span - at the tightest, I delivered 5 talks in 10 days. That’s one talk in 2 days!...

How to choose a data science project - and maximize your motivation to complete it

I’ve often been asked the question: How do I pick a good data science side project? Here is my approach to come up with an idea shortlist, plan out concrete steps, and most importantly, execute...

How to set up a Debian 9 server, firewall with DigitalOcean from a Windows machine and connect to your domain

This is a complete step by step guide on how to set up your server from scratch with DigitalOcean, SFTP, and firewalls, from a Windows machine. I’m writing this from a relative beginner’s perspective so...

How I completed a graduate level course while working full time: a self-discipline framework

It’s 9 pm on a Tuesday. Two hours of studying done. I’d gotten home from work at 6 pm, had a quick dinner, and got started on Euler equations. 18 more hours this week to...

How I learned to be vulnerable: a postmortem of my University of Waterloo undergrad

My parents didn’t know I had failed three university courses until years later, when I was almost finished with my master’s degree and already accepted a full time job offer. Just to illustrate, here is...

How I passed the CFA Level 1 exam in 6 weeks: a study plan

I took the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam right out of university, in the summer before I started grad school. During my preparation, I often fell behind schedule, and felt that I’d never...

How I applied to grad school: tips on reference letters and statement of purpose

Grad school application deadlines for Economics in Canadian universities were at around end of January to early February in the 2017 cycle. It was frankly an overwhelming experience and I hope some of my insights...